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kisses….on Friday July 2 Tom live-streamed our June 12 show from STARLITE, the first two hours anyway….I was in the studio all week with Brice Foster putting’ the finishing touches on a new LP, BLACK SHEEP, hope to have it out by the end of the year….had Larry, Flo n’ Harry wit me, first STARLITE date in 15 months….kicked wit “Bull Dog” “Look What You Done”. introduced da band, “Rock n’ Roll Band” “Mazeroski Way” “Messin’ With The Law”, Larry got out his god damn flute for a take of Canned Heat’s, “Goin Up The Country”….sent “When I Get There” out to Brett Cain who recently passed on….”Dust Pan Annie” “Mercy Mercy”, dat ole Cannonball Adderly number….Moon Dog and his son, James got up on stage and Moon announced dat James just graduated high school and was on his was to CCAC in da fall….he then sung “Happy Birthday” to me, then he and James sung it in Polish….”Burnin’ Up” “Kingfish” had a killer piano solo by Larry,”Game On” had a killer harp solo by Larry….”Corn Bread” “Sick n’ Tired”….closed out wit Larry singin ‘ da Ray Charles classic, “Mess Around”….we rock…
lips a’ suga….hope you been livin’ like ya wanna live…Friday evenin’ we pitched a winner on the NNS12, live streamed from Eastside Sound Studio….had a wanger….Tom and Rachelle propped us up n’ me n’ special guest Whitey Clyde Cooper did what we do….opened up wit about 15 minutes a’ straight bullshit, da high level kind, da kind dat makes ya laugh out loud…yacked ’bout dat time we opened da show for Alice Cooper out in Cherry Hill, NJ….swung into our intro rap wit me on keys n’ whitey on tubs…..”It Ain’t A Party” come a’ rollin’ at all a’ yawl…had a few laughs remembering’ the late Paul Shook….told a few lies ’bout the formation of The Tigers…”Ready Freddy” “Till I’m Not”…fell into some bullshit ’bout my idea for a self help mini mall….”I Was Blind” was way cool….The Ole Tiger softball team got us a’ belly laughing’…..Whitey sang “You Go Your Way” while I hacked ’round on da keys….the he chirped “Just Like A Woman”, a song he and I wrote together back in the late 80’s…..told a few horror stories ’bout Nason’s snakes….did “Clown” pretty well….Whitey talked ’bout meeting’ Nason Bull Balls Gieg back in high school….did a quick verse of “When Your Smiling” as we drove outta town…
hey hambone, ‘ow u doin’?, don’t answer that question….on Friday evenin’ we ripped into our NNS11, can’t believe it’s summertime n’ we’re spilling’ our guts ’bout some crazy rock’ roll bullshit, we have more fun than folks outta….opened da show playin’ a simple two chord pattern on da keys and singin’ my names out, felt pretty good, jus’ might keep doin’ it like dat….told a crazy Ray Gunn story…told a tale ’bout opening’ the show for an English band named XTC, we was in Philly at the Hot Club and I was still playin’ bass in The Diamonds….talked ’bout opening’ the show for The Pretenders at Blossom in Akron, think it was 1981…..mentioned our show at the Syria Shrine last Sunday afternoon, it was a gas….sat down n’ keyed “It Ain’t A Party”…called up special special guest Harry Bottoms and we lit into “Dance A Little Closer”…..Tom mentioned that Monty and Sandy Lee, two ole buds from STARLITE, typed in a few words….played “The Tree”, did, “One Car Funeral” in the wrong key, I forgot to capo up to the second fret, so my vocal was a ‘lil bit deeper…..talked about the fact that my parents knew I was born wit the wild gene, they did what could wit me, they tried….got back on keys for “Harry’s Hide Away”….told the story of my first shot at makin’ love in a whore house, then played new tune, “Sweatin’ Like A Whore In Church”….”When I Get There”….mentioned how cool song writers Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford were….tried to do “She Crazy” but my mind went blank so I immediately turned da page and whipped into “Young”….did a solo “Let There Be” on keys…then Harry got back up n’ we did “Over Said and Done” t’ close out da show…..11 rhymes wit heaven….
what it look like???…last Friday we hit a milestone, our 10th Norman Nardini Show, I’m the proud man that shoots off his big mouth on these simple productions…opened up Show 10 talkin’ ’bout my nephew’s new son, Lincoln Arthur Lovett…..this led to a conversation about my Father takin’ my niece, when she was just a ‘lil girl, to the bar with him and lettin’ her dance right there on the top of the bar, and then havin’ a shot of juice poured for her everytime he did a shot of Imperial…told a story about throwing’ a worm into a girls mouth when I was a lil’ kid..also revealed secrets about slobbering..hit “It Ain’t A Party” and Larry came out to join me on harp..told the story of gettin’ arrested in WV a few years back…”Young” “Dance A Little Closer” with a Larry Siefers flute solo at the end..”The Tree” “Sick n’ Tired” which Tom released as a single for you tube….mentioned Jackie Wilson and how cool he was….Larry told a ‘lil story ’bout Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls..”Ready Freddy”..dedicated “When I Get There” to Paul Shook and Nason Gieg..”Corn Bread” “Look What You Done” wit me on keys n’ Larry on harp..a short lick a “Game On” closed out the show
hey Delicious, what up wit yawl?..can’t believe we just finished NNS9 friday evenin’, we just keep on keeping’ on, we can’t be stopped..our new NNS sign had it’s first showing, and it sho nuff looked great, big thanks to artist Alexis Salinas and her ole man Dom for makin’ it happen, I’m a man wit a sign, how you like me now?..talked ’bout our uncoming May 30th show at the Syria Shrine, yacked ’bout our very cool opening act, Shades, we know he’s gonna kick some tail, no question..got a shout from ole Jersey bud, Jane, from down in FLA..mentioned dat we’re thinkin’ ’bout havin’ a small audience at an upcoming show..busted into “It Ain’t A Party” and all bets were off..brought up special guest Larry Siefers for his first appearance on the NNS..”Ready Freddy” come tumblin’ down..”Rock n’ Roll Band”, really had a blast doin’ “Corn Bread”, hadn’t done it in over a year..talked about what a great job Harry Bottoms did during his run as special guest, he’ll be back, fo sho..”Game On” was a delight, Larry give it this Stevie Wonder rhythm vibe, I was jacked..brought up ole bud Shari Richards and shared a hilarious story she told me a few years back..recalled my short career as a midget wrestler, Bubs Mckeg was my tag team partner, ask him, he’ll tell ya..Larry mentioned that he backed up Hillbilly Jim, the wrestler, a few years ago..went off on a rap about my favorite wrestlers..ole bud Ronn Scala called in..performed “Dance A Little Closer”, Larry pulled his god damn flute and did a ‘lil something’ on the ending tag..said a few words about our bud Bobby Lamonde who passed on this week..”She Crazy”, Larry blew some harp..”Sick n’ Tired” was a gas..”The Tree””Three Times Your Fool” “Pittsburgh Pa”…I’d rather not talk about the abrupt ending of our performance..it’s in da can NNS9
hey there sugar, ‘ow you doin’?…spring is a comin’ and the Bucs are playin’ .500 baseball, who’d a’ thunk it….Friday night April 23rd we hit NNS8, lets talk about it…opened up asking’ the question, “does anybody know what it feels like to be Italian?”….Tom mentioned dat Porky Lovett, Duke Nardini, and Bob and Mary from Oakmont were givin’ us a shout…talked about a couple great song writers, Steve Earle and Paul Thorn….sat down at da keys n’ ripped “It Ain’t A Party”…called Harry up and we kicked “Just Like A Woman” then rolled into “Rock n’ Roll Band”…played G tuning slide on “She Crazy”..did a ‘lil promo for our May 30th show at the Syria Shrine, bragged about our opening act, SHADES, he’s a beauty….talked about the ole tune “Monkey Time”, then somebody chimed in that the Mayor of Atlanta GA is the daughter of Major Lance, too cool, right?…..”Dance A Little Closer”….did a ‘lil tribute to Cleveland and Youngstown roadie’s….”Harry’s Hide Away” “One Car Funeral” “Have Nots” “Over Said and Done”….really enjoyed ourselves and I hope folks could tell that we’re havin’ a ball doin’ this shit, ain’t no lie….hey, stay wit us, we got more tricks up our sleeve, we ain’t done wit yinz just yet..
here’s a kiss 4 u…did NNS7 last friday eve….had more technical problems than we’ve ever had before, dat’s da way shit goes sometimes…thankfully, Tom did what he could to put together the pieces of my broken ass, so you can find the show on YouTube in two pieces, Norman Nardini Show 7 Part 1 and Part 2….you can also find them right here on this site thanks to Mr Frank…started off by get my girdle tightened up….mentioned my one of a kind Morris Levy T shirt…told a ‘lil story ’bout the parents of young Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher JT Brubaker’s parents….ole buddy John Titack told me about a Canadian food store chain named Nardini’s, did some bargain’ ’bout dat shit….sat down at da keys n’ ripped “It Ain’t A Party”..Beadman’s younger brother, David Johns, called in….Nick Uriah called in..Tommy Cave Man Ritter called in….did “Monongahela”, came off pretty well…satarted havin’ tech problems….brought up Harry and did “Dance A Little Closer”…started to introduce “One Car Funeral” and it all fell apart….thus ending Part 1..ok, so here comes Part 2..”One Car Funeral” Clown”…did a ten minute into for our special guest Danny Do Right Dolan….”Kingfish” “Young”..talked ’bout music biz gangster Mo Levy….had an open on mike discussion ’bout our tech problems..closed out wit “Over Said and Done”…..really think this was one of the best shows we’ve done, Harry is gettin’ comfortable, appreciate Rachelle’s support, and, workin’ with Tom has been great this past year…please keep yer good eye on us……we wanna smack ya on yer shit can then blow ya a kiss
name’s Norman n’ I wasn’t good when times was…did NNS6 last evenin’, kicked off yackin’ ’bout the SAVE MOONDOG’S benefit that Cheryl Rinovoto put together for Moonie…blew a couple kisses to my buddy Loser Bob who needs a ‘lil love at this time in his life….sat down n’ hit “It Ain’t A Party”…played “Monongahela”, screwed up a chord before the bridge and forgot a word or two near the end, this shit ain’t easy, I try to make it look easy, but don’t always succeed….asked folks to put their hooves together when I brought up Harry Bottoms…banged out “Ready Freddy”, started the song too fast, as I did a couple tunes on this show, promise to work on that….told the story of my friends Father catching me lightin’ farts back in junior high…spoke of pulling’ Dutch ovens and hot shots…..we did “Rock n’ Roll Band”, one of the better performances of the evenin’….quoted the late great Glenn Pavone, “I don’t wanna hang with nobody who don’t think farts are funny”….remembered a comical moment wit my ole bud George the Greek….dedicated “Have Nots” to Mr Larry Siefers, Tom helped out on organ, another song I started too fast….spoke of my ole lady’s nephew’s comment, when he farted at the dinner table…..did “Dance A little Closer”, decent performance….talked about recording at The Record Plant back in the 70’s, but I really meant to say The Hit Factory, sorry ’bout dat….did “She Crazy” Tom played his organ on it and I got a chance to stop playin’ geetar, I don’t like to sing and play geetar at the same time, there, I said it….told ‘lil story about tryin’ to buy my ole lady a Richard Simmons Chia Pet….recalled doin’ acid wit Beadman and Moon when The Beatles White LP came out….”The Man Who Loves You” “Over Said and Done”….ain’t sure how to spell her name but would like to thank Rashell, who worked with us on the last two shows, she’s got a great eye……spring has sprung, folks is gittin’ the vax…..soon we’ll all be workin’ stinking’ thankless live gigs again, God willin’ and the creek don’t rise…..can’t hardly wait..
woof bark n’ bite…hope yawl’s banging’ yer way thru this life….spring is gonna bring rejuvenation, in my bones i feel it…lets yack ’bout NNS5, jus’ live-streamed it last night, it was a jumper, I was wacky like an ole nutbag…..kicked off talkin’ ’bout the word “flamboyant”, great word, right?…started bitchin’ ’bout a world run by cell phones and cell phone people, kill me dead……sat down n’ “It Ain’t A party” come tumbling’ out, it’s on…did a acapella lick a’ “412” by request… did a promo for upcoming’ May 30th show at da Shrine, we’re jacked…whipped into my, “what do ya do when a child is born, and that child is only half Italian” routine….did a solo take of “Monongahela”, first time ever, I was nervous….brought up Mr Harry Bottoms for “All She Wants To Hear” “Graveyard”, Tom joined in on organ for “She Crazy”, sent “Dust Pan Annie”out to my sister…told the story ’bout my friend goin’ to my accountant while havin’ an attack of the cocaine flu…yacked ’bout Race Track mike then did “One Car Funeral”, sat down at the keys and we did “Harry’s Hideaway”, thing it came across fairly well, played a snippet of Pasty Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces”, then talked some simple shit ’bout dat fine lady…did new tune “Let There Be” and forgot the words to the second half of the second verser, I’m a stone knucklehead…closed out wit “Over Said and Done” wit Tom doin’ his best Augie Myers……hey, it’s an “all skate”, now lets put on ours party pants….
hey Sugar, what it look like?….huh?…windin’ down February and da winter weather it brought to us…done a ‘lil bit snow shoveling’ this month, ‘lil bit…Friday eve we live-streamed Norman Nardini Show 4 from Eastside Sound Studio, so cool…thought we had a GREAT one, our team is workin’ well together….started off “4” wit, as usual, random bullshit, this time focusing on Moondog and the support that is bein’ thrown his way by Cheryl Rinovoto and her crew, they’re putting’ together a show that will help gather support for The Dog House, love everything about it….brought up cool shows at The Dog House that gave us the chance to hang with folks like Pete Best and David Lindley, and shows at The Blues Fest n’ rubbin’ up agin’ Keb Mo and Bobby Rush…sat down at da keys n’ did “It Ain’t A Party” then played a new song for the first time, “Let There Be”…..called Mister Harry Bottoms up n’ we lit up “Just Like A Woman”….somehow we got t’ talkin’ and, our long ago purchase of Freddy Fender’s original liver came up…..did “Over Said and Done” and Tom joined us playin’ the TexMex organ part, big fun….hit “One Car Funeral”…..mentioned my ole Greene County friend, Bobby Moore, miss him so…..next, I spoke of my concept for a strip maul that just has offices for self help situations, therapy for the modern American….”Nickel”….told lies about Harry Bottoms n’ Boxcar Willie……did our first shot of “Harry’s Hideaway”….mention ole bands from the 70’s War and Redbone….played “Young” “All She Wants To Hear” “Pittsburgh PA”…..then sent “When I Get there” out to dear friend Paul Wargo…..
happy valentines day, my lovelies….on friday feb 12 we hit our Norman Nardini Show 3, what a joy it is to strap it on n’ let it all hang out…I’m speaking’ for Tom and Harry when I say that, as well as ole double n….NNS3 kicked off wit 15 minutes of random bullshit that hit on subjects like, Harry’s day job at the graveyard, Race Track Mike stories, remembrance’s of days gone by hangin’ wit Mr Bubs McKeg, and some thank you’s to our supporters….sat down at da keys n’ wrestled wit “It Ain’t A Party”, Harry strapped on n’ we lit up “Ready Freddy” “Have Nots” “Over Said and Done”….fell back into some Race track Mike talk, then Harry and I did a decent job playin’ “One Car Funeral”…..so glad I got the chance to talk a ‘lil ’bout Jimmy Sapienza, who just passed on, Jimmy’s song, “I Love Pittsburgh” should be the official song of our amazin’ city….we sent “When I Get There” out to Jimmy Sap’s remembrance, may he RIP….chopped up “Nickel”, it felt kinda cool, we been havin’ trouble playin’ it in the duo format, hey, maybe, we’re finding’ a great way to approach it….went back over to keys for “Game On”…Harry and I preformed “Graveyard” for the first time, it was kinda slick….told the story ’bout my ole man bein’ born on the kitchen table, then played “The Tree” and dedicated it to Arturo’s 101 birthday, born Feb 12, 1920….started yack’ ’bout my ole man n’ ended up talkin’ ’bout him goin’ to Steeler games and drinking’ homemade dago red, shot out of a skin bag…..the story ’bout “Hook’s”, drinking’ shots for breakfast also got told….sent “She Crazy” out to my sister, closed out wit “Till I’m Not”….I’m havin’, “the time of my life”, doin’ this show..
it’s great to be alive on this snowy morn, here’s me, hopin’ dat yer gittin’ all there is to git outta life….I’m all jacked about doin’ these livestream shows we been throwing’ ourselves into, lets yack about our latest…The Norman Nardini Show 2 was a burst of the insanity that lives comfortably inside me, when I watch our shows for the first time, I always wonder, “what’s wrong wit this guy?”. then I realize I’m watchin’ my own craziness fester out all over da place, and i know, deep inside dat life is goin’ on just the way dat it’s ‘spossed to….opened up wit my names and titles, then talked about giving’ an all day rock n’ roll blessing, then, never did, told ya, I’m a nut bag…sat down at da keys and did a wobbly take of “It Ain’t A Party”…..I’m well on my way to realizing’ my goal of becoming the worst keyboard player in Pittsburgh…..did an acapella take of “412”….found da courage to do a solo lick a’ “Nickel” which came out, lets call it, decent…..talked about Race Track Mike, an ole friend, then performed the song I wrote about him, “One Car Funeral”, I kinda screwed up da ending, but, I’m glad dat I took a shot at doin’ this number, I could tell that it’s gonna grow into a great hunk a meat….at this point, I called up Mr Harry Bottoms to play bass and offer musical support….we did a sloppy hit a’ “Just Like A Woman” dat I truly enjoyed….I then told the story of Harry takin’ a leak in a hotel room closet…..new tune “Over” was kinda cool, “Have Nots” is holding’ it’s own…..did “The Tree” in honor of my Father’s passing 13 years ago to the day…..an improv into the “Lover Boy” rap was delish….Harry and I did “Till I’m Not” together for the first time….played keys on “I Can’t Stand Myself No Mo”, I slopped my way thru it…..sent “She Crazy” out to my sister Dust Pan Annie….busted into the Sue Thompson classic “Norman”…then, asked the question, what do ya do when a child is born, and that poor child is only half Italian?….closed out da show with flurry of ole hunks….”Burnin’ Up” “Love Dog” “Three Times Your Fool”….as the clock was winding’ down we busted into my ole up lifting hunk, “I Was Blind”….Tom said that he really enjoyed the show, this gave me comfort, sometimes I get lost in the doin’…….hey, don’t be late fer lunch…
2021 is what’s up, we’re doin’ it….hope this year is off to a great start for ya….we did our first Norman Nardini Show Friday evenin’ and really had a wanger….I had been workin’ solo for a good while and the addition of one musician really gave me a boot in my shit can…..in the new format, I’ll be able to perform more music, it’s gonna be epic, in a small town white trash kinda way….Harry Boom Boom Bottoms played our last ALONE SHOW on New Years Day, and we had him back for a second lick…cool, lets yack about “The Norman Nardini Show 1″….I opened up wit a couple bad jokes for no particular reason, then told a joke that i learned from my Mother’s Priest..mentioned that I’ve always wanted my own TV show, but, don’t most folks?…..told a story about bein’ at a club in Nashville and realizing’ that I was the only Italian in the room….told our viewing audience the we want to “hug their junk….gently”…..pointed out the fact that, “the camera loves me”…..revealed the truth about wearing a clean pair of silk underwear for all 20 ALONE shows…..hit “It Ain’t A Party”….did a demonstration about the correct way for a lady to enter a room….talked about bein’ a short person, the Granati’s were mentioned…receited lyrics for “C19 Blues”…..told a true story about a policeman handcuffing me to a door…….introduced Boom Boom Bottoms….”Look What You Done” “Rock n’ Roll band”….did a new song that I wrote on Decemberr 23 called “Over”…..had to shout out ’bout my nephew’s new baby gonna be named Lincoln, after my Father, how cool…..”The Tree”….”Game On” wit me on keys n’ Harry on bass, I gotta work on my keyboarding’……did a way slick take a’ “Kingfish”….talked ’bout The Ole Lady Hall Of Fame”, then played “The Man Who Loves You”….gave our viewers an all day rock n’ roll blessing…..blew a few kisses…..”Ready Freddy”….gave a shoutout to all magicians and ventriloquists then played “Clown” “All She Wants To Hear”. “I Was Blind”……really hopin’ to grow our ‘lil show into somethin’ that will be even more fun and far reaching……and we’re off….
happy new year everybody….may 2021 be a great one…started off cool, Friday Jan 1, 2021 we hit an ALONE show, a milestone, ALONE 20….wow, it’s hard to believe that we’ve come this far….lets yack ’bout ALONE 20….kicked it off wit about 10 minutes of mindless bullshit, I must be goofy….sat down at the keys and played “It Ain’t A Party”, we was on a roll….I asked our viewership to click their hooves together for our special guest, my bass player, Harry Bottoms…..Harry, is the first guest we’ve ever had on the show, by the way….and that, in itself, makes Harry special, beyond the 30 or so years that we’ve worked together doin’ gig after gig after gig….”Ready Freddy” is the first song of 2021, somehow we started talkin’ ’bout, Olympia, Moondog’s three legged goat….”Over Said and Done” “Look What You Done”….got off on a bad road talkin’ ’bout Italians wearing’ chestwigs and somehow swung into one verse and chorus of “Just Because”, a song that my father would sing with us back in the day…..”The Tree” “Have Nots”….felt great havin’ Harry on bass to lift me up, really enjoyed the support…started talkin’; shit ’bout Willie Nelson bein’ a great band leader….did the dirty zipper trick….then played “Rock n’ Roll Band”….played slide on “She Crazy”, a song I sent out to my friend Dale, who has a sadful heart…..played keys win “Game On”….did a rant about musicians that are likable, guys like Joe Walsh, Willie Nelson, BB King…shoulda’ mentioned Levon Helm, but I didn’t….Harry got back up n’ we hit “Pirrsburgh PA”, the song performance of the evenin’ for Harry and I….Harry played bass and I sang “Kingfish”, it was cool….sent “When I Get There” out to Plush…..”Three Times Your Fool” “The Man Who Loves you” “Happy New Year”…..big thanks to Harry for bringin’ da BOOM BOOM, and to Tom for makin’ it all come down so god damn smoooove…happy new year HUNCHER
Merry Christmas to yinz, hope yer makin’ the most of 2020 holidays…lets do an overview of ALONE 19, we really enjoyed this one….The Harlem Globetrotters were spoken of, as were the Washington Generals…played our theme song “It Ain’t A Party”…sang “It Sure Don’t Seem Like Christmas” and talked about havin’ Christmas after our parents are gone….did a yack about all the songs I wrote this year and mentioned that I didn’t wanna write any because I have so many older pieces that need loved….somehow I started a rap about Jimi Hendrix and how he used Bob Dylan and Curtis Mayfield as his main influences….sang “Find A Way”….told a story about playin’ at a rock star wedding and my ole lady makin’ her own dress to wear…..did “Dance A Little Closer” a song about my parents…announced that Harry Bottoms will be playin’ with me on our next ALONE show, January 1, 2021…read the lyrics to the first song I wrote this year “All That She Had”, a tune about my Mom…sat down at the keyboard and did “Merry Christmas Everybody”….read the lyrics to “Hot Chihuahua”….told the story about me biting a nurse when I was having a colonoscopy done, great story…sang “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Blue Christmas”…..got back on geetar and did “Till I’m Not”….did one verse and one chorus of a song I’m writing called “Halfway To Heaven”…read the lyrics to “C19 Blues” and new tune “How It Is”……felt like doin’ “Pittsburgh PA” for no particular reason…talked about my buddy Jimmy Sapienza’s song “I Love Pittsburgh”, which is a very cool ole school number….closed out singin’ “White Christmas”…..hey hunchers, Tom and I would like to wish yinz a wonderful Christmas and a “Happy New Year”…….live it up
what up?….lets do a recap of ALONE 18, we enjoy these shows so much, as we do them, I’m gettin’ to know my partner, Tom Weber, he’s a very unique guy, I’m thankful that I’ve been able to hang tight wit ’em….opened up the show sayin’ all my names and titles, sometimes I forget to do dat, folks seem to like dat bullshit…hit our theme song, “It Ain’t A Party” on keys…..heard myself say, “my blood is so richly woped out”, love when shit like dat just falls out m’ face….did “Ready Freddy” on my parlor Martin, tuned to and E chord……told the story of my father goin’ into the operating room to have a tumor removed, I ask the Doctor the question, “is it possible for a child to be born a King, yet this child wears no crown”….did new Christmas song, “It Sure Don’t Seem Like Christmas”, a song about Christmas without your parents being there, it’s a sad one…..talked about Roy Orbison’s classic tune, “In Dreams” and the scene it was in for the amazing movie “Blue Velvet”…announced that Harry Bottoms will be joining Tom and I for our January 1st 2021 show….we’re excited, Harry’s excited….told a story about nHarry’s man crush, Neil DeGrasse Tyson….played “Three Timers Your Fool”….layed out the tale about my Mother getting me into Music Theory and Harmony class in High School….did “Soon”, a song I wrote for my Mother…played keys for “Merry Christmas Everybody”…..tried to teach Tom how to say Dog like Jersey people say it….did a take about some of the acts I saw play when I was young….Nina Simone, BB King, Mose Allison, Procol Harum, Miles Davis, Willie Dixon, Muddy waters, The Animals, The Byrds,…..the Stones, with Bryan, twice……..played “412” on my Fender Acoustic tuned to a G chord….played “Young” then closed out with “Stiller Nation”….see yinz in a couple weeks, be doin’ some Christmas stuff
shoutin’ out ’bout ALONE 17…new, more seductive lighting, thanks Tom…opened up just talkin’ loud and sayin’ nothin’, focus Norman focus….mentioned that I fell down in front of the studio on my way in….spent the early days this week in the studio with Brice Foster workin’ on two Diamond Reo projects, one live, one studio…the desperation that came from the tracks of our live recording was so powerful that it needed mentioned….started riffin’ about candy ass music, I’m a music snob….compared The Diamonds to bands like Humble Pie, The Stones, Free……did our theme song, “It Ain’t A Party”….went from yelling’ out the words, chicken pot pie, to “Chunky, what a chunk a chocolate”…fell into a rap about Glenn Pavone and Warren King, concluded it by sayin’ that, “greatness, scares people”…..played “Kingfish” talked about Fish playin’ on JJ Burners LP, then swung into “Gone Dead Train”, a song Fish played slide on, this tune is among those we’re preparing for the new Diamonds studio LP……as usual, wrestling came up, Johnny Valentine, George the Animal Steele, Izzy Moidel, Ringside Rosie…..blew a kiss to Mike “Big House” Flo…..did “Till I’m Not”….got into a rap about Italians playin soul rock, Soul Survivors, Rascals…..Gaucho’s, banlon shirts,fashion….read off a bunch a dates from 1978…mentioned Gravel, pioneering rock into country music, the late great Floyd Beck….playin’ the ROCK BOTTOM in NYC, WK given’ the audience the finger, heroic…..playin’ with pompous English band UK, and our bad behavior…..it was a happy accident that the music that Brice and I were workin’ on this week was cut in the year, ’78. that I’m overlooking’ for this show…..The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh…..openin’ for English band, XTC, at the Hot Club in Philly….played “Thats Enough About Me”….played “Thanksgiving”…talked about Southside club, Excuses……played “Stiller Nation”…I didn’t cry at all during ALONE 17….I’m kinda proud a’ that
ALONE 16 play by play….first thing to come was, pissin’ outdoors, what a great way to relieve the pressure, in the open air….yacked about Rocky Lamonde’s ole lady, Jill, and how she needs to be inducted into the ole lady hall of fame, come on man, bein’ rocky’s ole lady makes her a shoe in…..couldn’t help but bringin’ up my Pennsyltucky Plowboy fantasy football team and how great draft day is in Rocky’s ginny garden…..shined a light on my “guitarden”, my garden of guitars…brought up ole bud Chris Boyle and the Tele he hand made for me…this led to mention of Chris being from Texas where they have a legacy of, not only great blues players, but, great song writers….heard myself say, “if I had more talent, I’d be an even bigger A hole that I already am”….knew it was time to shut up n’ play a tune…”It Ain’t A Party”….Randy Macho Man Savage got some props….talked about Thanksgiving dinner at our home when I was a child…started cryin’, what a puss, played new tune “Thanksgiving”…..told the story about draggin’ my Mom across the front yard when it was snowing out…..yelled out, “Ole Cow Died”…spoke about “Rocky” movies….played “412”….mentioned Carl Greffenstet and my ole Tiger geetar…..Romper Room came up from outta nowhere….blew a goodbye kiss to The Liver Lipped Troll of the evil empire…..lightin’ farts…..receited “C19 Blues”….talked about tryin’ to teach my friend Pete Barnett how to talk ghetto….Jerry Jeff Walker came up and I cried, what a puss….Chuck Coll died on my birthday, and I cried, what a puss…..played “Dance A Little Closer”….my Fathers raising me to be a Stiller fan led to a performance of “Stiller Nation” …..warned folks about “Live on The Southside” being shined up for release along with The Diamonds, “Live At The Red Eye”…..played “Wonder”…told the tale of a young Norman thrown’ a worm into a little girls mouth….recalled seeing Gravel play at The Decade back in 1978…..sang “Lets Find a Way” as Tom closed down shop….had a great feeling’ about this show…
yo to da hunchers munchers and late fer lunchers….lets yak ’bout ALONE 15…what a delight, I do so enjoy workin’ these hits, me n’ Tom in an empty room. You think it’s easy? You try it…..kicked off by stating my names and titles, of which there are many….fell into a rap about Jersey characters, The Spinner and Race Track Mike, also mentioned how folks in Jersey really appreciate a guy that can talk some shit….broke into our theme song, “It Ain’t A Party”……I then enlightened folks as to how lady should enter a room, I know ’bout shit like dat….was proud as a ruttin’ buck to brag on my ole bud, Felix Kos, and his band The Hurricanes…..gave a short rap on the first interactions I had with legendary West Virginia act, The Brett Cain Band, talked about pissin’ in a bucket and 7 hour rehearsals in sub freezing temps….also played one verse of “Any Fool But Me”…..strapped on a G tuning geetar and played “Corn Bread”……tried to explain how bein’ a minimalist and a traditionalist have shaped the way I live and approach music making….not interested in plugging’ my geetar into effect pedals….this subject seems to promote conversation from folks that have a different viewpoint…..played “When I Get There”…..was really excited to talk about transferring old Diamond Reo tapes to digital format….got a live LP cut in Celina Ohio for Red Eye Productions that is delicious featuring songs like “Satisfied” “Bad News” “Vengance”…..have a few mixed masters that just need mastering, “Roxanna” “Ball n’ Chain”….also have 16 track masters that need mixed….4 cover tunes, “Burnin’ Love” “Gone Dead Train” “Johnny Too Bad” and Sam Cooke”s “Shake”, plus about 12 originals, including “High Roller” “Skin n’ Bone” “Shake Down” “Dangerous Stranger”….lookin’ to git The Diamonds stuff ready for 2021……played “All She Wants To Hear”…talked about a possible release of some live Norman shit cut on the Southside when Springsteen played with The Houserockers….including tunes like “Fat Of The Land” “Color Blind” “Nothing To Lose”….also could include my poem that the evil empire says is the reason for my being blackballed….got off on a rap about humor, and it’s importance when tryin’ to relate to people, this led to playin’ the song “Clown”…..told a totally inappropriate story about late night parting in Jersey…..sang “Happy Birthday” to my friend Tall Paul…..spoke of the origins of the song “Have Nots” then played it…..played “Look What You Done” on keys…..told a couple story’s about the police showing’ up at gigs and the havoc that shit can bring……ran outta time so I hit one verse of “It Ain’t A Party”….god damn we have fun runnin’ down the shit, hope yawl enjoy it aa much as we do….wish I knew how to get more folks to tune in….got any idea’s?
hey good lookin’, ‘ow you doin’?…..lets do a recap of October 9th’s ALONE 14…started off the show yakin’ ’bout The Triangle and Rudy’s, two legendary Monongahela Ave sandwich joints….sat down on da keys and did our Alone theme song “It Ain’t A Party”…ripped a shout out to our buddy Shari Richards, then started bitchin’ ’bout Whitey breakin’ my balls, he had said, “Norman uses a teleprompter when he’s doin’ his ALONE shows”…he knows and we all know that ain’t true but dat prick loves breakin’ my balls….this led me into talkin’ ’bout song writing…I made the point that, if you write song lyrics that make sense, it much easier to remember them…..Bimbo Ciconi’s name came up, cool name, right?…..sent “Dust Pan Annie” out to my sister who was in the hospital at the time…performed “Photograph” for the first time, it’s a song about our old Tiger softball team from back in the 80’s….told the story of how “Beadman” got his name…did “Circle Jerk”….talked about two ole West Virginia Mountaineer football players, Dingle and Berry, no shit, I ain’t makin’ that up….did “Pittsburgh PA”…told some gruesome stories ’bout dislocating my shoulder…onstage at a Ruby Starr show in West Virginia and in the NYC passport office….did new song “Soon” then “The Tree”…..we went over a portion of the year 1981, brought up shows opening up for Alice Cooper and The Pretenders…which led to my belief that, doin’ the gigs and livin’ the life is the reward……did “Young”….digressed into conversation about lighting farts….I was hacking’ up da keys on “Game On” as Tom shut down the circus….all n’ all, a great show, and as always, it flew bye in the wink of an eye
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